Earlier this year, I shared my journey of becoming a first home-buyer. Needless to say, amid the global pandemic navigating the housing market for the first time was an interesting experience.
Fast forward six months and the experience has become… virtual.
Since COVID-19 there has been constant change in the way we go about our everyday activities, and in the world of home buying, online housing auctions, video inspections and virtual meetings have become the norm.
I recently caught up with the team at the Chadstone Home Centre to find out more about how they are adjusting to new ways of doing things and learn about the new virtual First Home Buying seminars designed to educate and guide first home buyers through the process.
Mark Haynes, ANZ Home and Lending Associate says it’s important for our customers to know they have support through the whole journey.
“From day one through to settlement, we can help customers. From setting up savings, arranging deposits and providing them with industry wide information, we help them navigate their first major purchase, a home!”
Before and after
On any given day pre-COVID you’d find small groups of 15-20 people gathered in Chadstone’s Home Centre for a First Home Buying seminar. From my experience, the ambience and overall atmosphere of the Centre created the impression of sitting in someone’s home - crackling gas fireplace, warm colours and plush couches.
It definitely helped me feel more comfortable, confident and at ease while on the brink of such a major milestone.
Mark described the face-to-face sessions as practical and involved - offering customers personalised service, where they could feel comfortable.
“Anyone could talk to any of our first home coaches or ask questions face-to-face at the seminars,” Mark says.
Industry experts such as conveyancers, solicitors or real estate agents, offered their expertise and provided a holistic approach to the home buying journey.